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Monday, December 24, 2007

The long road home


Well, our adventure had to come to an end, but not before spending 4 days in the car together. It may surprise everyone that we got along great, and I didn't embarrass my oldest child by singing loudly, telling goofy jokes, or even asking "Are we there yet?" a gazillion and one times along the way! Our taste in music can be similar, and his alternative rock and roll did not bother me one bit. We talked, reminisced, and made plans for our next trip together (or with the rest of the family). It was kind of funny to travel through so many miles on route 10E...and we had a chore counting the 900+ miles through Texas. Thank goodness for laptops, because I was able to organize the 485 photos we have from our adventure. Once we hit Florida, we were anxious to get home. So the laptop came in handy as we watched and listened to Steven King's Storm of the Century to help the time go by quicker. Gary and Peter called us about every hour or so to see how much closer we were getting...and we finally pulled in to the driveway around 11:30 Saturday night.
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San Francisco, Day 2




The second day we were in San Francisco, we took the cable car to Fisherman's Wharf area and did some exploring. It was rainy and cold, but we were happy to walk around and check things out. We ate lunch at a wonderful restaurant on Pier 33 and then met up with Danni and Craig. I met Danni online in a yahoo craft group. When I knew we were going to San Francisco and asked if anyone lived out that way, she jumped at the chance to come out to meet us. We took the cable car to Union Square and then back toward Fisherman's Wharf. Scrapbookers that we are, we took a ton of photos...some serious and some quite funny! It was as if we had known each other for years! The night ended with a night-time cable car ride, which Dave gladly videotaped to show the guys back home. San Francisco was as fun and exciting as we had hoped for.

San Francisco Adventures



After leaving Sequoia, we drove for about 4 hours and finally arrived in San Francisco. The first night, we had planned an evening tour of the infamous Alcatraz Island. We took a ferry into the bay, and to the island. It was pretty cold and overcast. The tour took about 3 hours, and it was awesome! The tour was narrated by 2 former inmates and 2 former prison guards. It was very well done, and interesting facts were given. The most impressive thing to me was that the people who lived on Alcatraz were put there for isolation and rehabilitation, and the view of the lovely city of San Francisco was invisible to them--it was breathtaking to us!

Sequoia--Nature at its Best!



When we decided to head to Sequoia National Park and spend the night at the Wuksachi Lodge, we had no clue what we were in for. Boy were we in for a treat! We had to rent chains, because of the ice on the mountain. Once we got to the entrance, we had a long winding 20 mile drive up to 7000 feet. The views were amazing...the road was steep and winding...when we got to the Giant Forest--Oh My Goodness!!! There was 2 1/2 feet of snow on the mountain and the trees were ginormous. We were able to get out an walk on one of the trails for a while. We saw General Sherman, the largest tree by volume (heightxwidth)which is 36 feet across and 275 feet high. WOW---Dave had only been in the snow twice before, so we both had fun making snowballs and stuff. Dinner at the restaurant was amazing, the rooms were wonderful, and we cannot wait to go again. If you are ever in the vacinity, we highly recommend taking the trip. Mother Nature at its best!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

James Bond...007

 

Dave took me to Hollywood today. We walked all over the stars on the Walk of Fame, saw I AM LEGEND in the Grauman Theater, visited the Hollywood Wax Museum, and then finished at Guiness Book of Records museum. We had a lot of fun. Here is Dave posing with one of his favorites...James Bond! Tomorrow we head off for Sequoia National Park to see the huge trees (and snow) and then we are off for a few days in San Francisco. We will be leaving for the long ride back to Florida after we tour San Francisco. Look for more news from Dave and Mom's Big Adventure! And look for more photos in my picasa album.
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